Auburn coach Gus Malzahn offered a roster-wide injury update Wednesday following his team’s first preseason practice.
The news was mostly positive with only one redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jaunta'vius Johnson dealing with a significant setback.
“He is having knee surgery later on this week, will more than likely be out for the year.”” Malzahn said.
Freshman Kyle Davis, who sat out the spring recovering from shoulder surgery, is out again following a procedure on his foot. Offensive lineman Prince Sammons was in a boot at practice also recovering from foot surgery.
Malzahn categorized both players as “week to week.”
With Auburn’s wide-open two-deep depth chart at wide receiver, the coaching staff is eager to get Davis healthy.
“It’s really unfortunate for him, because he definitely has the ability to help us this year,” Malzahn said. “And we still feel like he definitely will do that. Hopefully he can get healthy quick and get a chance ton get reps in practice. That’s very vital, especially for freshman to get a chance to play.”
Auburn quarterback Tyler Queen continues to rehab from shoulder surgery he had during the spring.
“He's been on a pitch count in the summer and it's just not back 100 percent yet,” Malzahn said. “He's still rehabbing but we're hopeful by the time he starts school.”
Two defenders — Miami (OH) graduate transfer Marshall Taylor and freshman safety Marlon Character — sat out Wednesday’s practice, but aren’t expected to miss any extended time.
Taylor is dealing with “personal business” while Character is working through the enrollment process and could be on the field as early as Thursday.